Kenyan Parliament Begins Formulating New Law To Streamline Mining Activities

NAIROBI, July 17 (BERNAMA-NNN-KBC) -- Members of the Kenyan Parliament have begun the process of formulating a new law which will streamline management of mineral resources in Kenya in line with the country's Constitution.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said here Wednesday that when enacted, the Mining Bill, 2014, would replace the current law adopted in 1940, which is outdated.

Lawmakers supporting the Bill said it would not only consolidate the regulation of minerals in various Acts but also enhance transparency in the mining sector.

The Bill proposes, among other things, that ownership of all minerals be vested in the national government and further spells out general principles to govern operations of the mining sector.

Legislators, however, faulted some sections of the Bill which they said bestowed immense powers on the Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Mining.

They called for the formation of a disputes tribunal which would guard against exploitation in the sector since the Bill contains general provisions on mining rights, including on private land and community land.


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